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Did the ProJo not give Whitehouse his due?

As a freshman US Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse has largely made a mark in DC through his work on the controversy involving the White House and federal prosecutors. In particular, the Democrat's experience as a former US attorney and state attorney general has served him well in bird-dogging this issue.

So perhaps Rhode Island's newspaper of record might consider it news if Whitehouse, as part of a related inquiry into the possible suppression of voting of black Ohioans during the 2004 presidential election, sought details of a potentially related internal Justice Department investigation. One of these forms of suppression is known as "vote-caging."

As McClatchy Newspapers writes, in an article distributed for publication today:

Republicans' use of caging has been a contentious issue ever since Debevoise's ruling 26 years ago. In 1986, the judge found that Louisiana Republicans had violated the consent decree. In 1990, another consent decree was issued after the Republican Party of North Carolina and the re-election campaign of GOP Sen. Jesse Helms sent 125,000 postcards to mostly African American voters to compile a list of voters to challenge.

Last week, Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sought an internal Justice Department investigation into whether department officials knew about Tim Griffin's alleged caging before he was named interim U.S. attorney for Arkansas. Griffin, a former Republican National Committee and White House operative, had been dogged by allegations that he tried to cage mostly African American voters three years ago in Jacksonsville, Fla. He has denied any impropriety, and resigned the interim post earlier this month.

These two paragraphs didn't make it into the ProJo's publication of the story today on page A4. While some Democrats might see this omission as being unusual, N4N attributes it simply to the randomness of the news business, thin weekend staffing, and how a story was trimmed at the bottom to fill a hole in the Monday paper.

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